You’re a human being, not a maliciously compliant robot who follows orders exactly as they’re given to them. Without thinking too much. Without expending more energy than needed. Without considering the fact that they’re making life harder for others. But there are plenty of folks out there who actually take their instructions and follow them to the letter, doing the bare minimum, instead of looking at the spirit of what they’re asked to do. This results in some truly hilarious fails that are sure to perk up your mood.
And that’s also how they end up on the ‘Not My Job’ subreddit, a massive community of over 752k people, that’s dedicated to people doing their jobs, but not very well. It perfectly captures one of the many aspects of the human condition, namely, being super lazy and not giving a rat’s behind about how things end up looking.
Upvote the pics from r/NotMyJob that you enjoyed the most, let us know which ones stole your heart, and if you’ve got similar tales to tell, we’d absolutely love to hear all about your colleagues. Oh, and there’s more where all of this came from: you’ll find our first post about r/NotMyJob right over here.
In an earlier interview with my colleague, the founder of r/NotMyJob, redditor Ani625, told Bored Panda that the subreddit is all about people doing the bare minimum. And not an iota more!
“This results in the 'product' being far from neat/complete/usable, depending on what it is,” the founder and moderator explained to Bored Panda previously. And that leads to some truly bizarre and absurd situations which the ‘Not My Job’ subreddit is happy to share with the world.
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The subreddit will be celebrating its 8th birthday at the end of the month, on July 30, so if you like their stuff, go on and give them a quick ‘hi, congrats.’
The entire ‘Not My Job’ project was started way back in 2013 all thanks to a single viral post on another subreddit. “An image of a dead animal painted over on a road became popular on another subreddit,” the founder said that the road painters were too lazy to do a better job. Things took off from there thanks to someone dropping a spot-on comment.
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“Someone said the phrase 'not my job!' in the comments, and people seem to be interested in such an idea. I created /r/NotMyJob and linked the subreddit then and there, which got its first few subscribers.”
After that, “users kept on mentioning the sub all over Reddit whenever they saw such content, and the subreddit grew.”